1889The Huntress Home was established.Government and Public Service, City Departments

Courtesy of Gloucester City Archives, CC09, Trust Funds – Huntress Home, 1889-1920
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The Huntress Fund, donated by Joseph F. Huntress of Boston was used to establish a home for impoverished women. The home was located on Prospect Street and was called the Huntress Old Ladies Home. Residents applied to live in the home and paid a sum determined by the board of trustees. The women furnished their own rooms and were expected to “knit, assist in domestic duties, and generally to render all the service they can for the benefit of the institution and the comfort of those who are more helpless than themselves.”

Gloucester City Archives, CC09, Trust Funds - Huntress Home, 1889-1920
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